Round the Island (1st-2nd July): a two-day, 70-mile ultra marathon following the stunning Coastal Path around the Isle of Wight.
With up to 2000 yachts and their crews congregating in Cowes for the weekend, the Round the Island ultra guarantees a fantastic race weekend buzz, stunning views over the English Channel and to the mainland and a unique perspective on the Round the Island Yacht Race as the action unfolds offshore.
The course has been classified as a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, with four qualifying points awarded to all finishing runners. It’s open to runners and walkers, and has been fully recced and mapped by Race Director Neil Thubron, himself a keen ultra runner and sailor.
We recommend that you join us on Friday night in Cowes, where you’ll have free time to stroll in the town, grab some food and soak up the atmosphere. Your first day of racing will bring you to the south side of the island, where we’ll be camping (bring your own tent)! Or choose to pay a small supplement for a bed in an ensuite chalet for a touch of mid-race luxury - tell us who you want to share with at the time of booking. Showers are available at the campsite, and evening meals and breakfast are included in the package.
Detailed information about all elements of the event can be found in our event instructions.
You can enter the whole weekend event including food and accommodation or individual days.
There are 150 places available and entries will close one week before the event (or when full). A waitlist option will be available if the event becomes fully booked.
Early bird - £135 before 31st December 2016
Standard entry - £145, from 1st January 2017
Late entry - £160, from 1st June 2017
Single day - £58
Optional accommodation for single day competitors on Friday - £20 (without food)
Optional accommodation for single day competitors on Saturday - £30
Beds in a chalet are available - £24 (numbers are limited - book early)
Please note: a 3.6% service charge, levied by the registration software, will be added to your total.
Start / Finish
Registration will be open from 07:00 on Saturday at Cowes High School, Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, PO31 8HB.
Start on day 1: Ramp of Floating Bridge at East Cowes
Finish on day 1: Brighstone Holiday Centre, Military Road, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, PO30 4DB
Finish on day 2: Cowes High School, Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, PO31 8HB.
Breathtaking and exhilarating, the Isle of Wight Coastal Path is a 70-mile circular route that takes in spectacular views over the English Channel to the mainland. It's a National Trail with excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. You'll also be given a route card, designed to help you navigate any trickier sections. We recommend familiarising yourself with the route before the start of the race - for more information download our full race instructions.
Shared accommodation with showers will be provided in Cowes Enterprise College for multi-day competitors on the Friday, and there are camping and chalet options for the Saturday. All accommodation, evening meals and breakfasts are included in the full price.
Everything is looked after - all you need to do is run (or jog or walk!)
There will be four aid stations each day, between 6-10 mile distances, fully stocked with water, and sweet and savoury food to keep you fuelled.
The event is supported by a Course Manager and a fully qualified medical crew will be in attendance. We strongly recommend taking a moment to read our medical page before booking.
The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone and a minimum 500ml of water, but it's worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.
Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.
Getting to and from the event
There are plenty of options for reaching the race, including combined train and ferry tickets:
Red Funnel Ferries operate between Southampton and East Cowes (book in advance online or by phone).
15% car ferry discount for competitors!
We have a special deal for the car ferry between Southampton and East Cowes, valid from 30/6 to 05/07.
To get your 15% off, enter IOWHM2017 online or simply quote when making a booking. Please note this does not apply to the RedJet.
Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferries run every half hour between Southampton Town Quay and West Cowes. These catamarans carry foot passengers only, dropping you conveniently at the Red Jet terminal where you can catch our minibus transfer (see below).
Combined train and ferry options
East Cowes and West Cowes are actually part of the national rail network. This means you can buy a single, day return or period return fare from any train station ticket office, rail appointed travel agent, self-service ticket machine or train company telesales service which includes ferry travel between Southampton & East Cowes or Southampton & West Cowes.
South West Trains operate frequent services on the line between Weymouth and London Waterloo (Clapham Jct, Woking, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport, Southampton Central, Bournemouth Poole, Weymouth). Approximate journey time between Southampton Central and London Waterloo is 75 minutes.
Cross Country Trains operate between Scotland, the North, Midlands and Birmingham; First Great Western run from South Wales through Bristol and Salisbury; Southern provide services to Portsmouth and Brighton.
Southampton Central is a busy station hub with services provided by South West Trains, First Great Western, Cross Country and Southern. City Link, a free shuttle bus operates every 15 minutes between the station and Red Funnel's ferry terminals on Town Quay. Approximate journey time: 10 minutes.
Free minibus transfers are available from the Red Jet terminal on Friday evening and returning on Sunday evening - just let us know you'd like a transfer at the time of booking. If you're planning to arrive on Saturday morning no transfer will be needed - just make sure you're at the starting point (the east side of the floating bridge) in time for the race briefing.
Parking in Southampton can be expensive (approximately £35 for the weekend), which could mean that parking a car on the mainland and return fares on the Red Jet could add up to around £100. It's worth bearing in mind that, with free parking on the island, it could be significantly cheaper to bring your car across on the Red Funnel ferry.
Looking for more information? Download our Round the Island event instructions.
GPX files: Day 1 Day 2
Garmin files: Day 1 Day 2
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